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41 Last-Minute Trades Before New Year’s

There's still time to make these moves by year end

   

The stock market opened the week on a high note, with the Dow and S&P 500 closing up nearly 0.5% and the NASDAQ up over 1% (helped in part by Apple (AAPL), our Stock of the Day).

Clearly, some of last week’s optimism surrounding the Fed announcement carried over to this week. This is truly the happiest time of year (with just two days left until Christmas). But if you haven’t yet on holiday vacation, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your portfolio trim and fit.

I do continue to recommend that you stay well-diversified and use periods of market strength to “trim” some profits in the hottest stocks that outpace the rest of the market. I also recommend that you continue running your positions through my Portfolio Grader screening tool.

On that note, let’s look at these stocks which have been upgraded and downgraded this weekend. Over the weekend I noticed 41 big-name stocks were on the move and have revised their ratings to reflect the latest data. I’ll start with the eight stocks that have been upgraded to buys.

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AMGN Amgen B B
AZO AutoZone B C
ESRX Express Scripts B C
IR Ingersoll-Rand B C
MHFI McGraw Hill B B
MRK Merck B C
MSI Motorola C B
PAYX Paychex B C
SRE Sempra Energy B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CPB Campbell Soup C C
CXO Concho Resources C C
EL Estee Lauder D C
ING ING Groep C C
KRFT Kraft Foods Group D C
KYO Kyocera C C
LLTC Linear Technology C C
MO Altria Group D B
RAI Reynolds American D C
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceutical D B
SYK Stryker C C
TOT Total SA C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp C B
HIG The Hartford C C
MFG Mizuho Financial Group C B
MHK Mohawk Industries C B
MS Morgan Stanley C C
NMR Nomura Holdings C C
STX Seagate Technology B C
TM Toyota Motor C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
A Agilent Technologies D C
BK Bank of New York Mellon D C
BRFS BRF SA D C
HMC Honda D C
HOT Starwood Hotels & Resorts D B
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corporation D C
KMX CarMax D B
MUR Murphy Oil D C
NTAP NetApp D B
NTRS Northern Trust D C
RCI Rogers Communications D C
SDRL Seadrill D B

Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, http://investorplace.com/2013/12/stocks-to-buy-amgn-azo-esrx-mrk-msi/.

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